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Poster: bluedevil Date: Oct 1, 2008 8:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Non-Dead PHISH IS BACK

[yawn says I, but I know many, many folks will be estatic]

Phish Returns To Hapmpton - 03.06.09, 03.07.09 & 03.08.09
From Phish.com

Phish returns to the stage for three concerts at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia on March 6, 7 and 8, 2009.

A limited number of tickets are available directly through Phish Tickets' online ticketing system at http://phish.portals.musictoday.com. The ticketing request period is currently underway and will end on Wednesday October 8 at 11:59 a.m. EST.

Tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday, October 18 at 10 a.m. EST and may be purchased online at http://ticketmaster.com or by phone at 757.671.8100, 757.872.8100 or 804.262.8100. Tickets will not be available at the venue box office and there is a two-ticket limit per show.

The band intends to announce additional touring in 2009 early next year.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Oct 1, 2008 8:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead PHISH IS BACK

above post from jambase; this is much longer "press release" at jambands.com:

10/1/08
Phish Returns: Hampton Comes Alive In March

As dramatically announced via video, Phish will reunite for a series of shows this March. The quartet's first full performances since 2004 will take place at Hampton, VA's Hampton Coliseum on March 6, 7 and 8, 2009. Earlier this month the band also played a surprise three-song set at the wedding of longtime road manager Brad Sands. The group is expected to announce a handful of additional dates in the near future.

Hampton Coliseum's intimate size and general admission seating has made the venue a fan and band favorite since the group first headlined the room in 1995. Since that time Phish has filled the Coliseum on eleven additional occasions, most recently on its farewell tour in 2004.

This is not the first time the group has selected the room for a special event. After returning from hiatus in 2002, three of Phish's first four shows took place at the spaceship shaped arena, and the group booked a last minute Hampton, VA show after announcing its breakup in 2004. Phish's November 20 and 21, 1998 performances in the room were released as the box set Hampton Comes Alive.

Rumors of a Phish reunion have reached new heights in recent months after the four musicians accepted a lifetime achievement award at New York's Theatre at Madison Square Garden last May. Since that time the players have appeared onstage in a number of different configurations, most recently when Mike Gordon sat in with Page McConnell at South Burlington, VT's Higher Ground this past Saturday. Trey Anastasio has also tested out a number of new possible Phish songs onstage, most notably his co-compositions with longtime lyricist Tom Marshall "Alaska" and "Backwards Down the Number Line."

Anastasio announced Phish's breakup on May 25, 2004, and the group played its final show on August 15 of that year. At the time of his original announcement, Anastasio said, "Last Friday night, I got together with Mike, Page and Fish to talk openly about the strong feelings I've been having that Phish has run its course and that we should end it now while it's still on a high note. Once we started talking, it quickly became apparent that the other guys' feelings, while not all the same as mine, were similar in many ways -- most importantly, that we all love and respect Phish and the Phish audience far too much to stand by and allow it to drag on beyond the point of vibrancy and health. We don't want to become caricatures of ourselves, or worse yet, a nostalgia act. By the end of the meeting, we realized that after almost twenty-one years together we were faced with the opportunity to graciously step away in unison, as a group, united in our friendship and our feelings of gratitude."

A limited number of tickets for Phish's upcoming shows will be available through the group's secure online ticketing system. In addition, the group has issued the following statement regarding ticket scalping:

Phish Tickets has a zero tolerance for scalping and insists that all patrons of our service abide by our policy stated herein. Tickets made available through this site are intended only for fans who are actually planning on attending the shows requested. It is strictly prohibited to resell any tickets obtained through Phish Tickets for more than the purchase price. If you are found to be reselling, trading or brokering tickets that you purchased through our site for profit, Phish Tickets may at its discretion cancel your ticket order and all other pending orders in your name. This cancellation will result in a refund of the total price for the tickets minus a $7.00 per ticket processing fee and any shipping fees that have been incurred with respect to the order. We reserve the right to investigate all orders suspected to be in violation of this policy.

We urge you not to purchase tickets through brokers or "scalpers." These tickets may be counterfeit in which case you will not only be overcharged but will also likely be denied entry into the show.

Meanwhile, Anastasio will also kick off a solo tour at New York's Roseland Ballroom on October 16.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Oct 1, 2008 8:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead PHISH IS BACK

maybe Hunter will write them some new lyric's...

Gotta love this

The squirming coil of sunset
I keep within my reach
Tried yesterday to get away
And hitchhiked to the beach

I saw satan on the beach
Trying to catch a ray
He wasnt quite the speed of light
And the squirming coil
It got away....

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Oct 1, 2008 9:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead PHISH IS BACK

pretty cool way to announce it:

http://phish.com/videosplash/

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Poster: kochman Date: Oct 1, 2008 1:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead PHISH IS BACK

$49.50/ticket... ouch... times is tuff

Hey, maybe they are back, a la GD, for a post-retirement 20 years or so...

Did anyone else get the feeling that when dude said that bit about becoming a sad nostalgia act that he was referring to the GD?

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Poster: TypicalWhitePerson Date: Oct 1, 2008 2:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead PHISH IS BACK

I wouldn't call this Dead reunion a sad nostalgia act, but they are pimping themselves out to a politician.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Oct 1, 2008 2:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead PHISH IS BACK

politician? don't talk that way about our savior!!!

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Poster: august_wst Date: Oct 1, 2008 8:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead PHISH IS BACK

Didn't Fishman say when they broke up that they would never reunite and become just another sad reunion act?

so much for that.

...ahhh the almighty dollar. It has the power to make even Simon and Garfunkel overlook their differences.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Oct 1, 2008 10:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead PHISH IS BACK

They have WAY far to go before they can touch the Who. Talk about losing all respect. They pulled that card more times than Striesand or Cher. THEN they had the gall to go on tour five minutes after Entwistle died.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Oct 1, 2008 10:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead PHISH IS BACK

You can only license so many songs to the CSI franchise....

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Poster: august_wst Date: Oct 1, 2008 10:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead PHISH IS BACK

oh sure, but that still doesn't discount the fact that they said it regardless of how many times they reunite... they said they wouldn't.

as much I like Phish, I won't be donating to the new "fund"

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Poster: rastamon Date: Oct 1, 2008 10:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead PHISH IS BACK

they did add the caveat..."and become just another sad reunion act"
imo, they are far from being that!


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Poster: august_wst Date: Oct 1, 2008 10:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead PHISH IS BACK

i guess that's a personal preference in the end

i fall on the side of "going back on their word on this one by default makes them a sad reunion act"

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Oct 1, 2008 10:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead PHISH IS BACK

LOL

If they have a sense of humor they will bill it as:

Just Another Sad Reunion Act Tour

Even with that monikor they would probably still sell out every show.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Oct 1, 2008 10:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead PHISH IS BACK

if i can afford it, I'll buy a ticket in a heartbeat.

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Poster: secret8476 Date: Oct 1, 2008 12:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead PHISH IS BACK

Eh ... I was miffed when I saw the Eagles *for the last time* and the Stones *for the last time* and of course, then there is the Dead reuniting. Its all just music, and i guess there is nothing wrong with telling your fan base over and over that you are retiring, quitting, breaking-up, or whatever .... as long as we don't get charged an arm and a leg every time they come around and reunite for one more Farewell tour.